State to Require New Vaccinations for 6th-12th Graders: What Do You Think?

Do you think the state of Illinois should require students to receive the Tdap booster shot in order to remain in school?


The Illinois State Board of Health has approved new recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and The Illinois Department of Education to require all sixth through twelfth grade students to have an additional vaccination.

The students will now need to show proof of receiving the Tdap booster shot. The vaccine immunizes against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

“We’ve seen an increase in pertussis, or whooping cough, in Illinois during the last six years. Medical experts have found whooping cough has been on the rise in pre-teens and teens, indicating a waning immunity from infant and childhood immunizations,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck in a press release.

Last year, Illinois required sixth and ninth grade students to receive the vaccine.

Students must either show proof of having received this vaccination, must have an appointment to get the vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file. Students who do not meet one of these three conditions by Oct. 15, 2013, will not be allowed to attend school until they do. For the sixth and ninth graders who already got the vaccine, they do not need to get another shot, but do need to show proof of being vaccinated previously.

Information provided by the Illinois State Board of Education

Do you think the state of Illinois should be telling us how to vaccinate our children? Do you think it’s fair that those who refuse vaccinations will not be allowed to attend school? Tell us in the comments section.  

Pete February 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Pretty soon the state of illinois will control your every move. My wife an i cant wait to get the hell out of illinois this summer .
John L February 16, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Yes, needs to be done. Few are more anti-big-brother than me, but pertussis is highly contageous and needs more incentive than "you really ought to.." Note that there are still exemptions for those that need them.
Pete February 16, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Yes john. Exemptions. Like church an religon trump my voice as a parent as to what goes in my childs body. If you want them for you children by all means go for it , but leave my children alone....
Pete February 16, 2013 at 07:36 PM
It scares me that people buy into this crap .
johnbullworker February 18, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Here is a good website for some good vaccine related information: http://nvic.org/
johnny February 18, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Here is a good website for some good vaccine related information: http://nvic.org/
Kathy Tazzo February 22, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Vaccines are extremely dangerous, more dangerous than the diseases they are claiming to cure. Why all the autism in this country? The high level of mercury in the vaccines. Flu shots, another dangerous vaccine, loaded with mercury that shoots right to your brain for life, possibly leading to dementia and/or altheimer's. The government is getting to intrusive!


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